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Table 4 Proportion of clients with each breastfeeding challenge*

From: Survey of patient satisfaction with the Breastfeeding Education and Support Services of The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

Breastfeeding challenges No. of clients (n = 78) %
Attachment difficulties 65 83
Nipple damage 33 42
Low milk supply 28 36
Painful feeding 27 35
Slow weight gain for baby 20 26
Nipple/breast thrush 17 22
Frequent or prolonged feeds 15 19
Tongue-tie 9 12
Mastitis 7 9
Premature baby 4 5
Other** 9 12
  1. *Clients could report more than 1 problem
  2. ** "Flat nipples" (n = 2), nipple shield use (n = 2), "baby thrashing around on/off breast" (n = 1), "nipple vasospasm" (n = 1), "painful engorgement" (n = 1), "small baby" (n = 1), oversupply (n = 1)